California Fun Facts & Trivia

In the early 1960s, the Whaley House in San Diego was designated as officially haunted by the U.S. Commerce Department. California’s only other official haunted home is the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.

n Shasta Lake, you may not raffle off a dog as a gift in any public place.

Ducks have the right of way to cross Rancho California Street in Temecula.

In Walnut, California, if you fly a kite more than 10 feet above the ground you are in violation of the law.

It is illegal to wear a Zoot Suit in Los Angeles.

In the 1940’s, California law made it illegal to serve alcohol to a gay (homosexual) person.

San Francisco Cable Car

San Francisco Cable Car

San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.

During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for servicing.

An ordinance in Carmel, California, makes it unlawful for a lady to take a bath in a business office.

Orange County is home to a Buffalo Ranch in Newport Beach and an Alligator Farm in Buena Park?.

No person may show his or her buttocks on a playground in Hermosa Beach.

In 1922 a huge sea monster was spotted in Three Arch Bay at Laguna Beach.

In Lodi, California, it is illegal to shoot “silly string” at parade participants.

Disneyland opened in 1955.

In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

Castroville, California is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World.  In 1947, Norma Jean, who would later be known as Marilyn Monroe, was crowned Artichoke Queen.

It is illegal to wash your car in the street in Downey, California.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.

California grows over 300,000 tons of grapes each year.

Bathhouses are against the law in California.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the largest vertical cable rise in the United States and the second largest in the world.

A Belvedere, California a City Council order reads: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.”

In Indian Wells, it is illegal for a trumpet player to play his instrument with the intention of luring someone to a store.

No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.

Foretelling the future for donations is illegal in Indian Wells.

The California Redwoods

The California Redwoods

The California Redwoods, Coast Redwood, and Giant Sequoia, are the tallest and largest living organisms in the world.

Using satellite-surveying techniques, scientists have determined that Los Angeles, California is moving east. At a rate estimated to be about one-fifth of an inch per year, the city is moving closer to the San Gabriel Mountains.

In Blythe, you are not allowed to wear cowboy boots unless you own at least two cows.

Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the country. They eat three pounds more turkey than the average U.S. person.

In Riverside, it is illegal to carry your lunch down the street between 11 and 1 o’clock.

In Chico, it is illegal to plant a garden in any public street.

In Dana Point, you may not use your own restroom if the window is open.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is said to be haunted by the likes of Montgomery Clift who continues to play his bugle in Room 928; and Marilyn Monroe whose image has been seen gazing from a lobby mirror.

In Lafayette, it is against the law to spit on the ground within 5 feet of another person.

It is a disturbing the peace violation in Lompoc to possess, own or raise roosters.

In Long Beach putting anything any your garage other than your car is illegal.

The Golden State for such goodies as Popsicles, McDonald’s hamburgers, canned tuna fish, and fortune cookies.

It is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course in Long Beach.

Los Angeles Skyline

Los Angeles Skyline

In Los Angeles, it is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than two inches without her consent.

In Norco, California, your vehicle cannot contain a sounds system that can be heard outside the car unless you are attempting to sell something.

It is against the law in Ontario for roosters to crow in the city limits.

It is illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of four and six p.m. in Palm Springs.

In Pasadena, it is illegal for a secretary to be alone in a room with her boss.

With eight National Parks, California claims more than any other state in the nation.

Two bathtubs may not be installed in the same house in Prunedale, California.

In Redlands, motor vehicles may not drive on city streets unless a man with a lantern is walking ahead of it.

It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar in San Diego.

San Francisco prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash.

It is illegal to wipe one’s car with used underwear in San Francisco.

California is the birthplace of the Frisbee, Barbie dolls, skateboards, and video arcade games.

Children are required to get a permit from the sheriff before wearing a Halloween mask in Walnut, California.

Until the 1960’s men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland.

Males may not dress as a female in Walnut unless a special permit is obtained from the sheriff.

In Walnut, California, it is against the law to leave sand in your driveway.

In California, an ordinance makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.

San Francisco Bay is considered the world’s largest landlocked harbor.

No alcohol beverages can be displayed within five feet of a cash register of any store in California that sells both alcohol and motor fuel.


Fisherman's Wharf and San Francisco Bay

Fisherman’s Wharf and San Francisco Bay

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated February 2018.

Also See:

Quirky California

Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village

Ghosts of Alcatraz

No Old Woman — Just a Very Large Shoe

Tasty and Fanciful Pez Museum

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